Coumadin (also called warfarin in its generic form) is a powerful but often life saving medication that prevents clots from forming in the heart chambers. It is used most frequently to prevent strokes in those patients with atrial fibrillation, and also for those with mechanical artificial valves. The clinic also administers and advises on the newer warfarin alternatives such as Pradaxa, Xarelto, or Eliquis.
Orange County Heart institute under supervision of Dr. Shokooh provides monitoring of INR (International Normalized Ratio) and education for patients taking blood thinners (anticoagulants).
As a patient taking anticoagulants, you will benefit from close monitoring of your medication as there are serious potential side effects associated with anticoagulants. Studies show better INR control and less complications when there is participation in an anticoagulation clinic.
What are anticoagulants?
Anticoagulants are used to treat and prevent blood clots in patients who have atrial fibrillation, mechanical heart valves, deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and/or pulmonary embolism (PE).
The newer blood thinner available now which can be taken in some patients and your doctor can help you decide if the newer agents are an option for you.